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The Decline of the Tea Party
New York Times, by Bruce Bartlett

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Posted By:congaree53, 11/5/2013 1:38:47 PM

There is an apocryphal story about the origins of neoconservatism in the 1960s. Some liberal professors at Harvard were sympathetic to the New Left and such radical groups as Students for a Democratic Society. But one day one of these professors heard the radicals suggest burning down the Harvard library as an act of protest, and the professor suddenly realized that he had nothing in common with them at all. He organized some other professors into a vigil to protect the library at all cost. Today, the problem isn’t the New Left, but the radical right, which has dominated American

      


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Reply 1 - Posted by: cjjeepercreeper, 11/5/2013 1:46:29 PM     (No. 9599722)

Oh good Lord, more wishful thinking from the leftist whackos.

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Reply 2 - Posted by: Scrubber, 11/5/2013 1:47:47 PM     (No. 9599726)

Yeah. Right. Compare the SDS with any right wing group. Make sense to me. Oh, it´s the NYT. MUST BE RIGHT.

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Reply 3 - Posted by: Noj15, 11/5/2013 1:50:00 PM     (No. 9599732)

The TEA Party is simply millions of Americans fed up with higher taxes and bloated government. In the 60´s they were called the "Silent Majority." Same people, just a bit more p*ssed off today I´d say. I´m saving these articles to hold until after next year´s midterms, for the push back. We´ll see just how p*ssed off the good American people are then. And then comes the real test in 2016.

"Ready?"
"Aye, ready."

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Reply 4 - Posted by: JustCause, 11/5/2013 1:50:45 PM     (No. 9599734)

What a load..
Referring to my grandkids full diapers.

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Reply 5 - Posted by: mickturn, 11/5/2013 1:52:27 PM     (No. 9599739)

The NY Slimes at it again...wishing for Christmas...ahem, Holiday.

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Reply 6 - Posted by: dvc, 11/5/2013 1:57:50 PM     (No. 9599747)

A glance at the headline makes me stick to my promise to stop reading the lies and slander from the NYSlimes.

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Reply 7 - Posted by: blueline, 11/5/2013 1:58:54 PM     (No. 9599749)

Riiight.... See you next November Brucie!

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Reply 8 - Posted by: gator, 11/5/2013 1:59:45 PM     (No. 9599751)

Dream on Bruce.

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Reply 9 - Posted by: PChristopher, 11/5/2013 2:00:42 PM     (No. 9599753)

Yeah, right ...or should I say left.

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Reply 10 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/5/2013 2:05:43 PM     (No. 9599761)

Article based on the wishful thinking of the Establishment Republicans. Karl Rove, Mitt Romney, Chris Christie, John McCain, Lindsey Graham, John Cornyn, and the Bush family contributed to the fantasies of the author.

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Reply 11 - Posted by: ida Lou Pino, 11/5/2013 2:08:38 PM     (No. 9599765)

Careful there, Cousin Brucie - - if Carlos Slim calls in that 14% loan - - you´ll be begging for a job from someone in the Tea Party.

Meanwhile - - there are some really cute, designer fuzzy slippers on sale at divine boutique down in Soho. You´d better get there before your colleagues beat you to them. You don´t want to spend this winter with last year´s fuzzy slippers - - do you?

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Reply 12 - Posted by: Wetlandz, 11/5/2013 2:10:13 PM     (No. 9599767)

There goes the left again wishing we were dead.

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Reply 13 - Posted by: Little Peep, 11/5/2013 2:22:24 PM     (No. 9599785)

Dream on!
Prediction: The Tea Party will Surge in 2014 in spite of 0, the IRS, lame stream media, and liberal pundits claiming their demise.
This country is at the breaking point with the ruling class and their ´let them eat cake´ attitude. We say: Off with their heads!

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Reply 14 - Posted by: odinsacolyte, 11/5/2013 2:26:54 PM     (No. 9599795)

They ain´t seen nothin´ yet.

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Reply 15 - Posted by: californiadude, 11/5/2013 2:33:15 PM     (No. 9599810)

The Tea Party is here to stay. Dream on Bruce!

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Reply 16 - Posted by: An Afternoon Walk, 11/5/2013 2:33:36 PM     (No. 9599813)

Bruce Bartlett?

We´re supposed to listen to Bruce Bartlett give us his opinion on the tea party and comparing them to the worst elements of the Left?

No thanks.

Read up on this person. He is despicable. Biased. Twists everything around to fit his demented amoral logic. Sound familiar?

Left-leaning politicians who call themselves Republicans while attacking conservatives and praising liberals, far Leftists who call themselves Democrats, and extremists who call themselves moderates love this guy.

How dare the tea party (Americans who have made and adhered to a budget for their own households) ask for a balanced federal budget and to cut wasteful spending and horrendously wasteful presidential and congressional vanity projects and expect accountability from our elected officials for their stewardship of the public´s tax money?

How extremist! How radical! How absurd and foolish!

The Left, nor the Right, owns my vote. When there are enough of us whom follow our consciences instead of the malicious advice of corrupt, do-nothing politicians, their minions in the media, and online liars, THEN things will change.

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Reply 17 - Posted by: ROLFnader, 11/5/2013 2:48:36 PM     (No. 9599833)

Here´s a clue, Brooth. Our ranks swell every time Soros´ lawn jockey sticks his lying mug on a tv.

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Reply 18 - Posted by: Trust No One, 11/5/2013 2:51:03 PM     (No. 9599837)

Reminds me of..

"Here´s Brucieeee"

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Reply 19 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 11/5/2013 2:59:26 PM     (No. 9599854)

At the risk of upsetting all the above posters, maybe I can offer a timid suggestion. Bartlett has a bit of a point in that the tea party movement, originally focused on lower taxes and smaller, Constitution-based government had a good thing going. There was lots of enthusiasm, great support and good things were accomplished. Somewhere, since 2010, it´s all gotten scattered. It´s hard to get many (aside from the most dedicated) to get particularly pumped up about spending money and time trying to defeat someone else´s congressman and someone else´s senator, all of them Republicans, too often resulting in election losses or sub-par candidates. To recover the power of the original movement, I believe it has to get back to the original purpose.

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Reply 20 - Posted by: Bevan, 11/5/2013 3:00:17 PM     (No. 9599857)

To quote Mark Twain, "Reports of my demise have been greatly exaggerated."

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Reply 21 - Posted by: Pluperfect, 11/5/2013 3:01:30 PM     (No. 9599860)

Sorry, one more post. When a woman is boasting of writing in her favorite´s name, thus feeling fabulous while helping Obama win the 2012 election, not many potential tea partiers are inspired. Let´s get back to taxes and smaller government.

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Reply 22 - Posted by: mercystreetbob, 11/5/2013 3:11:24 PM     (No. 9599873)

Stopped reading when they, once again, referred to me, a Tea Partyer, as a member of the "radical" right. I am not in any way radical. Neither are the millions of Tea Partyers. Let´s get it straight.

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Reply 23 - Posted by: john56, 11/5/2013 3:12:12 PM     (No. 9599876)

A far lefty in the New York Times, writing a story about the Tea Party and using the Harvard faculty as an example ... is this bizzaro world, or what?

Kinda like the Pope giving a lecture in St. Peter´s Square and the little Italian woman shakes her finger at the Pontiff, saying, "you no playa da game, you no makea da rules."

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Reply 24 - Posted by: Bubbasuncle, 11/5/2013 3:14:26 PM     (No. 9599878)

You don´t upset us #19, in fact often times you really help to prove our points.

You note that it all seemed to go south in 2010. Seems to me that was right around the time of the marches on Washington. About the same time that Tokyo Rove´s super pac American Crossroads was born.

Considering the opposition research that has been supplied to the press and Dems on the Tea Party candidates, is there any wonder why it´s hard to find quality candidates? Not to mention the fake candidates that have been thrown in.

Like minded Conservatives are not going to be frightened into holding their noses any longer. I will vote my conscious, if it means losing a few elections, fine. But I won´t vote for candidates that are on the right only during the campaign.

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Reply 25 - Posted by: Clinger, 11/5/2013 3:14:30 PM     (No. 9599879)

Hey Bruce, define far right radical extremist for me. Then tell me how different JFK was from those who today you group there. Love the referral to the safety net, you mean the one that half of us are snared in? Oh but the Tea Party is radical. I´d love to discuss this in person.

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Reply 26 - Posted by: Safari Man, 11/5/2013 3:16:20 PM     (No. 9599886)

The TEA party is not an organization, its a set of ideas and ideals. Its what the America should be. Its what the GOP should be. The organized effort will ebb and flow, but the ideas will only die once all true Americans are dead and the only thing left behind are moochers and those who profit off the mooching.

If the GOP thinks it can survive without the TEA party, they have another think coming. The TEA party is all they have between themselves and extinction. We hold all the cards -- without the tea party, the gop will have zero power.

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Reply 27 - Posted by: john56, 11/5/2013 3:20:03 PM     (No. 9599892)

Oops -- forgot a couple key words on this joke!


Kinda like the Pope giving a lecture on birth control in St. Peter´s Square and the little Italian woman shakes her finger at the Pontiff, saying, "you no playa da game, you no makea da rules."


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Reply 28 - Posted by: chicodon, 11/5/2013 3:23:04 PM     (No. 9599899)

Answer? Why don´t we all just become liberal New Yorkers?
Virtually all national news today is reported by Northern East Coast leftists. Every day they spew their viewpoints and are amazed that their own numbers are dwindling.

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Reply 29 - Posted by: badrad, 11/5/2013 3:24:08 PM     (No. 9599900)

FTA: "I have long believed that the Tea Party is a populist movement with no staying power. When it was at its peak, conservatives and Republicans sought to harness its energy to achieve long-held ideological, electoral and legislative goals. But the Tea Party has proved to be a double-edged sword that now threatens those goals more than it aids them "

This part is right but the rest of the populist and passion doesn´t have to be. Get one leader, one voice and negotiate and join your power to the ones ultimately in charge. Third party is right-wing idealogy-suicide.

The far right unbending Atkin as well as the rigged voting machines helped obama rule of deceit go "Forward" in the socialist charge. What a farce and what role did each of us play in it with rock-headed dogmatic thinking?

Get wise or get a repeated smackdown IMO. The Libyan fable in Anton Meyer´s "Once an Eagle" comes to mind. ..stricken with dart of own feathers. A little wisdom and less pride would aid in the refashioning?

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Reply 30 - Posted by: mort, 11/5/2013 3:29:04 PM     (No. 9599906)

An establishment Republican lashing out at people who are wondering if the Republican establishment even has any principles anymore. Mr. Bartlett is the person who has been captured in the swirling backwater of history, not the Cruz´s of this world.

Isn´t it curious he would rather fight small government Americans rather than the left and his fellow "get along to go along" mob.

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Reply 31 - Posted by: snowoutlaw, 11/5/2013 3:49:53 PM     (No. 9599951)

NYT so opposite is truth.

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Reply 32 - Posted by: SaguaroJack, 11/5/2013 4:31:57 PM     (No. 9600031)

You gotta unnerstand, estab nooz papers are smarter´n you ´n me, and they use, shall we say, "nuanced" words that we benighted pigs are too stoopid grasp.

What the Noo Yock Slimes calls "the radical right" is what most of think of as the mom and dad next door. You know, those sillies who go to work every morning, pay their taxes, go to church on Sunday, stand up for the country.

Those the Slimes never means by "radical" are the ones who defecate on cop cars, trash every public place they gather and hurl vile epithets at decent, well-behaved folks.

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Reply 33 - Posted by: SheikYerBooty, 11/5/2013 5:40:36 PM     (No. 9600144)

The Republican Party is in a self induced death spiral. Instead of declaring war on Obama and his tyrannical regime, the idiots declared war on Ted Cruz, Sarah Palin and the rest of patriotic, God loving America.



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Reply 34 - Posted by: Udanja99, 11/5/2013 5:47:20 PM     (No. 9600157)

The heirs to the SDS are now in the White House.

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Reply 35 - Posted by: reilly, 11/5/2013 5:50:37 PM     (No. 9600163)


New York Times Down the Toilet. I can write headlines too.


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Reply 36 - Posted by: stablemoney, 11/5/2013 7:46:50 PM     (No. 9600314)

We don´t have to look for the decline of the NYTs. They can´t fall from the bottom.

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Reply 37 - Posted by: Howard Adams, 11/5/2013 9:03:36 PM     (No. 9600421)

What Mr Bartlett doesn´t realize is that he now speaks from the perspective of Prof Angelo Codevilla´s elite "Ruling Class" in disparaging the "Country Class".

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Hank Aaron’s recent comments about the need for America to realize that racism is still very much alive and thriving — only now due to those who wear “neckties and starched shirts” rather than KKK hoods — has sparked an angry backlash and many fans are turning the tables, calling the baseball legend himself a racist. “Hank Aaron is a s*****g piece of [expletive] [racial slur],” one man said in an email to the Atlanta Braves’ front office, one of the teams Mr. Aaron used to play for, CBS News reported. “My old man instilled in my mind from a

If a nuclear bomb exploded in downtown
Washington, what should you do?

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The Week, by Marc Ambinder    Original Article
Posted By: MissMolly- 4/15/2014 4:51:46 AM     Post Reply
Funny question in the headline, yes? But since President Obama worries more about the threat of terrorists´ improvised nuclear device going off in a major American city than anything Russia can throw at us, I was wondering if the government had deigned to share with us citizens any tips for, you know, surviving something their own intelligence points to as the likeliest unlikely Black Swan event. Well, no. And yes. No — very few people in Washington, D.C., who work for the government have any idea what they would do if a 10-kiloton nuclear device exploded at the intersection of 16th and K

Megyn Kelly and the
Sandberg Head Shaker

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American Thinker, by Richard F. Miniter    Original Article
Posted By: magnante- 4/15/2014 9:16:05 AM     Post Reply
Megyn Kelly’s "Kelly File" is a great news show. She’s incisive, informed and customarily handles the toughest guest with aplomb. But her lengthy interview of Facebook C.O.O. Sheryl Sandberg about her second book in the Lean In series Lean In: For Graduates was a head shaker. Amazing that she of all people allowed Sandberg to restring the same old, same old, shamed, and shopworn feminist myths about women and girls and then jangle it in front of her viewing audience like something new out of the box. Indeed Kelly all but genuflected in front of this woman. Kept her on thru

Obama taps gay bishop to wrap Easter
Prayer Breakfast with invocation

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Washington Times, by Cheryl K. Chumley    Original Article
Posted By: jackson- 4/15/2014 9:25:28 AM     Post Reply
When President Obama needed a preacher to fulfill the closing prayer duties at the annual White House Easter Prayer Breakfast, he turned to none other than the Episcopal Church’s first openly gay bishop — who said he was as shocked as anyone at the appointment. The Right Rev. Gene Robinson said in a tweet, accompanied by a photo of Mr. Obama behind a podium at the event: “POTUS ‘preaches’ at the Easter prayer breakfast. Then, out of the blue, asks ME to close with prayer. OMG!” Newsmax said he also emphasized that the words he chose to close the breakfast

Obama Selects First Openly Gay
Episcopal Bishop to Lead Easter Prayer

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Mediaite, by Andrew Kirell    Original Article
Posted By: JoniTx- 4/14/2014 12:46:05 PM     Post Reply
President Obama pulled a surprise move Monday at the White House’s Easter Prayer Breakfast when he selected Gene Robinson to lead the closing prayer. Robinson is famously known as the first openly gay Episcopal bishop. Talking Points Memo’s Tom Kludt spotted the following tweet from Robinson, who was in attendance: (Tweet) Robinson, 66, became diocesan bishop of New Hampshire in March 2004. He retired in January 2013 and is currently a senior fellow at the progressive

Developing: Russian fighter jet buzzes
U.S. Navy destroyer in Black Sea

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Associated Press, by Lolita C. Baldor    Original Article
Posted By: Desert Fox- 4/14/2014 12:49:12 PM     Post Reply
A Russian fighter jet made multiple, close-range passes near an American warship in the Black Sea for more than 90 minutes Saturday amid escalating tensions in the region, a U.S. military official said Monday. In the first public account of the incident, the official said the Russian Fencer flew within 1,000 yards of the USS Donald Cook, a Navy destroyer, at about 500 feet above sea level. Ship commanders considered the actions provocative and inconsistent with international agreements, prompting the ship to issue several radio queries and warnings. The fighter appeared to be unarmed and never was in danger of


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